According to the Celtic tree calendar, December 23rd is the day of the Yew and Silver Fir. In magickal belief, these two trees are said to be sisters. for their foliage look similar. Yet they represent diametrically opposed concepts, the silver fir symbolizing birth and promise, and the yew, death. But because both are evergreen, both also signify the eternal cycle of life: birth, life, death and reincarnation. Yew trees are planted in European graveyards, and probably gained their association with death on account of their poisonous cones. The yew’s hard and flexible wood was also once used to make bows, instruments of death.
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